Innovations to promote growth among small-scale irrigators in Africa

Project overview

Project lead: Elizabeth Harrison, University of Sussex

Start date: 17 November 2012

End date: 3 August 2015

Project webpage

Research Council project page

This project examined the rules and norms governing access to and control over water by smallholder farmers, considering how these are influenced by externally-induced innovations and the effects of climate change.

The research aimed to determine if general principles of water allocation and equity can be identified, and what the scope is for transferring them across contexts. It involved comparative research in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Malawi.

Key questions included:

  • What are the ‘local rules’ for governing access to water and what shapes these?
  • What is the relationship between ‘local’ rules and ‘outside’ influences such as government, business and NGO initiatives?
  • How are the politics of water control changing?